OP Elementary locked down as precaution after potential explosives found at tow yard

Potential explosives were found in a vehicle impounded at Hill's Towing in Ocean Park Monday morning. The state bomb squad is en route. Nearby Ocean Park Elementary School is on lockdown while the situation is resolved. A Washington State Patrol trooper blocked traffic on State Route 103, establishing a 300-foot parameter around Hill's. The highway is closed from 258th Place to Bay Avenue.

OCEAN PARK — The elementary school was placed on lockdown around 10:15 a.m. on Monday morning, after George Hill, the owner of a nearby towing company, found what appeared to be a bomb in a vehicle that had been impounded the night before.

The bomb did not detonate. No one has been harmed, and the school was locked down purely as a precaution, said Laurie Purviance, a staff member at Ocean Beach Elementary School.

Washington State Patrol troopers and deputies from Pacific County Sheriff’s Office responded. They have closed the streets in a 300-foot radius around Hill’s Autobody and Towing. A bomb squad is en route from the Olympia area.

At about 11 a.m., Purviance said the district superintendent was headed up to the school to help staff. The staff planned to keep students on lockdown until police tell them it’s safe for kids to go outside. The school staff asked parents not to go to the school, and promised to put an update on their Facebook page when the situation changes.

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